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St. Martin de Porres and St. Martha

Welcome to year 4:

Miss McNicholas and Mrs Crook


Important Information

 St. Martha: Ice-Skating trip to Ally Pally Monday 18th July 2016


Please make sure your child brings in a P.E. kit on the Monday and brings these home to be washed on Friday. (Blue/black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, white P.E. top and trainers/plimsoles) 

Swimming is on Tuesday morning. Please remember to bring a swimming costume, hat and towel.


Saint Martha will have guitar lessons on Monday and Saint Martin De Porres will have wind lessons on Thursday. Can you please make sure that if your child brings their instrument home that they bring it back in on the days that they are needed.


Year 4's homework is given out on Friday and is due in latest the following Thursday. Please remind your children to put their homework books into the homework box or they will not be marked.


St. Martha's Highwayman class assembly

Red coats
Readers for the poem
Adam Ant and Joan Jett
The Highwayman and Bess
Tim the Ostler
The cast for The Highwayman



What we will be learning this Summer half-term:


This half term, our IPC topic is called 'Young and Old'. No matter who we are, we all have one thing in common – we are growing older every day. Thanks to advances in health, science and medical care, most people can now expect to live longer than at any time before in history. However, with this comes a great responsibility. Not only must we take better care of ourselves, we must also take care of others, ensuring that our society respects and values everyone, regardless of their age.In history, will be looking at paintings of children through history in childhood, and discussing how things have changed over time. 


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We will think about the job’s that our parent’s or relatives do and talk about what we want to be when we grow up and leave school, thinking about what qualities we may need, what responsibilities and what qualifications.



To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, St Martin de Porres painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth. We hope you enjoy them.





As part of our Entry Point for 'Clean Water, Dirty Water', we looked at liquids that 'appeared' to be water because they were colourless. We had to try and identify them by smell only, and were not allowed to taste them. We think you might be able to tell from our faces below, whether they smelled nice or not!


We believe that our children should be given the opportunities to visit places of interest, that will enrich their experiences of what it is like living in London, both past and present. We had the opportunity to visit Kensington Palace, where we learned what it was like for young Princess Victoria to grow up and become a queen. We hope you enjoy our photos below.

Queen Victoria's dolls house

Toy chariotgarden


These pictures show some of the toys that the young Princess played with, and below, the type of clothing worn at the time.


Children's clothingLearning about Victoria's succession to the throne.Meeting Lord Melbourne


We met a gentleman called Lord Melbourne. He was to become Victoria's Prime Minister. He showed us Victoria's succession to the throne.


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Here are some of the dolls that Victoria played with as a child. It tells us about the type of fashion worn at the time.


In science, we have been studying sound. We learned that sound vibrations travel outwards in all directions in waves. To see evidence of this, we struck a tuning fork and placed it into a bowl of water.















We watched the water

vibrate, in the bowl.                              We learned that sound can travel along a                                                                 string. We made telephones and listened to                                                             each other speak.



We made the string longer to see if we could still communicate. The sound travelled over a distance really well.











Because sound waves travel in all directions, we wanted to try and channel the sound waves. We made funnels, and used these to communicate with each other across the playground. Sound travelled directly, and we heard each other clearly.




We discussed why it is sometimes important to prevent (or not) sounds from travelling. Sometimes sounds can annoy other people, damage our ears, or can prevent us hearing something important like oncoming cars when we are crossing the road. We thought about how we could muffle sounds and designed our own ear muffs. We conducted an investigation into which materials would block out the sound of a whistle.



Sponge ear muffs let in                    Cotton wool worked really well.           Dish cloths let in sound. Some of us

a lot of sound. We still                     The sound of the whistle was not        thought that this was because the 

heard the whistle.                            nearly as loud.                                  material was full of holes and let the 

                                                                                                            sound waves through.



In our topic'Chocolate', we identified the difference between taste and texture, and expressed likes and dislikes. From our pictures, I think you can see what we thought about tasting chocolate and lemons!









We have a diverse range of books to support your child's reading within the school, and we hope this will enable your child to experience a range of authors and styles of books. In terms of reading, we want children to be able to :

  • Enjoy reading and see it as a pleasurable leisure activity, as well as a means of following instructions and finding things out.  
  • Have the reading skills necessary to read a range of text types for pleasure and for information.
To be confident and competent readers children need to have access to a range of reading experiences. This includes reading as much as possible at home. Most children will be responsible for selecting their own reading book and changing these when they are finished. 

In literacy, we looked at a variety of newspapers and magazines, then compared and contrasted them to look for similarities and differences.

We talked about the size and shape, appearance, front page, content and what type of audience the magazine or newspaper is targeting. We used talk for writing so we would be able to write about what we learned.



We made audio recordings of the speeches we wrote for King Minos as part of learning about persuasive language. Listen to them by clicking on the players below!

Suraiya's King Minos speech

Sityana's King Minos speech

Kendra's King Minos speech

Johnel's King Minos speech

Onari's King Minos speech

Sjonte's King Minos speech

Valerie's King Minos speech

St. Martha making their own play dough

Mixing their ingredients
Looking at how much flour they need
Working well together
Making play dough
Watching the demonstration
Learning how to make play dough

Comparing newspapers and magazines: talk for writing

In history, Year 4 studied Boudicca and the Roman invasion of Britain.

We looked at Celtic jewelry and made amulets from clay.

St. Martha's guitar concert

St Martin de Porres enjoyed playing their instruments in their woodwind concert. We hope you enjoy the pictures.

St. Martha and St Martin de Porres no pen day maths activity

Sorting Shapes
Regular and Irregular
3 circle Venn Diagram

We put shapes into the right places.

We put shapes into the right places.
Working with friends to sort shapes.
Working with 3 circles was tricky.
We made choices.

Our finished work.

Our finished work.
St Martin de Porres worked with a compass to draw circles to a given radius. We then used our compass to draw hexagons inside our circles. We colored them and cut them out to make a window display in our classroom.